Let us also give you some facts about our beautiful host city.
Graz, with approximately 300.000 inhabitants Austria’s second biggest city and the capital of the region Styria. The city is a world cultural heritage centre, being hardly touched during the wars of the 19th and 20th century. So you can see buildings that are more than 850 years old as well as state-of-the-art works by internationally renowned architects. In 2003, Graz was the cultural capital of Europe which brought many cultural events and exhibitions to Graz.
Located on the south-east border of the Alps, Graz is well protected against the weather conditions from the west, that are predominant in Central Europe. This gives Graz a Mediterranean influence with more than 2.100 sun hours per year and allows you to see plants in the parks, that regularly grow in southern Europe.
Austria in general is very famous for it’s food and the “coffee house culture”, going back to the late 19th/early 20th century. Graz and the region of Styria has some additional specialities like pumpkin products (seeds, oil, soups, etc.), wine (mainly white wine and a special wine called „Schilcher“) and the “Buschenschank”. The Buschenschank is a restaurant that is only allowed to serve cold food and drinks from local producers. You won’t get a coke or a coffee there, but delicious grape juices, homemade bred and a broad variety of sausages and smoked meat.
Did we pique your curiosity to explore Graz? You can find some more information about the places of interest here.